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Monday, November 22, 2010

While involved inChicago theater I saw the most interesting contrasting productions of this show. 

It was Chicago at the Drury Lane Water Tower Place. Cyrl Ritchard was the star. He was a true star of stage and film, a consumate and polished professional. 

Ricard had a heart attack midway through the show, finished the show and died shortly thereafter. 

The show reopened in the most unique way imaginable; with Burr Tilstrom and the Kuklapolitian Players. 

A song a teenage Sondheim wrote for the show, which sat unopened for decades, a love song from the puppets to Fran, as added to the show. 

The highlight however was when Kukla, who has no mouth, sang "Send in the Clowns" held high above black clad Tilstrom. We all swore the puppet was singing. - Art Lynch

Keyboard player needed for Side by Side by Sounheim

Henderson's Theatre in the Valley is looking for a keyboard pianist (and also will be billed as Musical Director) for Side by Side by Sondheim. 

This is a paid position for someone to play piano during auditions, rehersals, and performances. Keyboard and amp can be provided or use yours. The pianist will be onstage during the performances. Due to performance locations, a keyboard will be used instead of piano. Keyboard voicing could be used for various songs.

Audition schedule: Dec 6 and 7. Rehearsals start January 3rd. (or Dec 13th if all are willing and we have cast)
Performances: March 18, 25/26, April 1-2

Theatre in the Valley is a not for profit theater company that has been producing and performing quality theater for 17 Years.

Please reply to this message with contact information and budgeted amount/payscale for the complete package listed above.

Rob Dahl
Theatre in the Valley 

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Paying more for movies

Netflix will be raising their prices by ten dollar a month in January. For those who cannot pay that fee, The Washington Post reports they will be offering a streaming-only fee of $7.99 a month. Netflix now exceeds DVD sales and rentals in volume, much to the chagrin of Hollywood.

We want to let you know about two important changes to the Netflix service.

The price of your current plan, which includes access to Blu-ray discs, is changing from $10.99 a month to $11.99 a month. This new price will be effective with your next billing statement on or after January 2, 2011, and will be referenced in your Membership Details. With your current plan you can both instantly watch unlimited TV episodes and movies on your computer or TV and receive unlimited DVDs by mail.

We now also offer a new $7.99 a month plan which lets you instantly watch unlimited TV episodes and movies on your computer or TV. This plan does not include any DVDs. All the titles you can watch instantly on your current plan are also available on this new plan, and as a reminder, not all titles on DVD are available to watch instantly. This new plan is available immediately – if you'd like to switch to this new plan at any time, simply visit Your Account.

Why the changes? Our selection of TV episodes and movies available to stream has grown dramatically, and as a result most members want us to deliver unlimited movies and TV episodes two ways: streaming instantly over the internet plus DVDs by mail. The price change will allow us to continue to offer the popular plan choice of unlimited TV episodes and movies streaming instantly along with unlimited DVDs. The new plan, which does not include DVDs, is a great option for the increasing number of members who only want to watch instantly. The $7.99 a month price reflects no DVD shipping costs on this plan.

We hope you're enjoying great TV shows and movies from Netflix, and that you'll continue to enjoy Netflix on whichever plan you choose. We realize you have lots of home entertainment options, and we thank you for your business. As always, if you have any questions, please call us at 1-800-715-2146.

–The Netflix Team

Support our Troops: Show you care today.

At the last National Board Meeting I spoke from the heart in favor of this volunteer effort. Please pledge your support today.

-Art Lynch
National Board Director

Los Angeles (November 22, 2010) — Screen Actors Guild, in partnership with Project: Hollywood Cares, announced today the "A Touch of Home From Hollywood" program supporting U.S. troops this holiday season.

The SAG National Board of Directors is urging all SAG members to support U.S. troops deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq this holiday season by making tax-deductible contributions to provide soldiers with global pre-paid calling cards to help them call home. In that spirit, many board members have already made personal contributions to support the effort. Through their generous donations, with the assistance of Project: Hollywood Cares, Screen Actors Guild members will ensure that American soldiers can connect with their loved ones throughout the holidays. A link can be found on the Guild’s website, <> , through December 31.

Project: Hollywood Cares distributes the products of the entertainment industry to support and boost the morale of America's military personnel for their dedicated service. In addition to the calling cards, PHC will further connect U.S. troops with a "touch of home" when they receive the wonderful movie, television and music performances of SAG members in DVDs and CDs collections sent by Project: Hollywood Cares.

“Screen Actors Guild members have long supported the military by lending their talent and time on USO tours, site visits, hospital visits and assembling care packages,” said SAG President Ken Howard. “When it was brought to the National Board’s attention that some of our soldiers don't have the means to call home for the holidays, we found a way to help.”

“I began Project: Hollywood Cares almost six years ago to bring the joy and comfort of entertainment to our stressed soldiers and deserving veterans. We continue to ask for more service and sacrifice from them so I am extremely delighted to partner with Screen Actors Guild on this most-needed and worthy project,” said Tom Fick, founder of Project: Hollywood Cares.

To participate online, visit <>  and click on the “Touch of Home from Hollywood” icon on the homepage or visit the special "Touch of Home from Hollywood" web page <>  and click the “donate” link. After entering your credit card or Pay Pal information, be sure to enter "A Gift from a Screen Actors Guild member" in the gift options message area. All donations are tax deductible under applicable law.

Donations can also be mailed with check payable to:
Project: Hollywood Cares Inc.
CBS Studio Center
Supply Station Bldg. 2nd Floor
4024 Radford St.
Studio City, CA 91604
Attn: "SAG calling cards"

For additional information, please click on "read more" below.